How to vote in Lok Sabha Elections 2019?
The Indian General Elections 2019 are underway to elect people’s representatives in 543 Parliamentary constituencies for the 17th Lok Sabha. The Polling for the final phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 began on May 19, 2019 for 59 constituencies across 7 states and a UT.
If you are above 18 years of age as on January 1, 2019, you are eligible to exercise your right to vote. In order to vote in India, one needs to fill an application ‘Form 6’ and submit it to the Electoral Registration Officer in his or her Assembly Constituency. After proper verification, person is included in the electoral roll as a voter. One can also apply for a voters’ ID on the Election Commission’s website.
Along with Form 6, one has to submit a passport size photograph and copies of proof of age and residence. The Form 6 is required to enroll a new voter and get a voter ID. Any person who is above 18 years of age can fill the form.
Register on Voter List
Name should appear in Voter List
Only Voter ID is not enough to cast a vote; a person can vote only if his or her name appears in the Voter List, also known as Electoral Roll.
If your name appears on the electoral roll, you are eligible to vote otherwise you need to register to vote.
You can confirm if you are on the electoral roll by:
• Logging on to electoralsearch.in
• Calling the Voter Helpline 1950 (please add your STD code before dialling)
• SMS EPIC Number to 1950 (EPIC stands for Electors Photo Identity Card also known as Voter ID card)
• Use ‘Voter Helpline App’ to verify your name in Electoral Roll
How to find nearest Polling Booth?
If you are not able to locate the polling booth, you can go to the website ‘electoralsearch.in’ or use ‘Voter Helpline App’ to find your respective polling booth.
Voting Process at Polling Booth
• Once you reach the polling booth to cast your vote, the first polling official will check your name on the voter list and check your ID proof.
• The second polling official will ink your finger, give you a slip and take your signature on a register (Form 17A).
• Then, you need to deposit the slip to the third polling official, show your inked finger and then proceed to the polling booth.
• Cast your vote by pressing the ballot button opposite the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). You can press NOTA (None of the Above), if you don't like any candidate; it's the last button on the EVM.
• Once you cast the vote, you will hear a beep sound and will see a slip that appears in the transparent window of the VVPAT machine. This slip contains the Candidate serial number, Name and Symbol and is visible for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box.
Point to Remember
Mobile phones, cameras and other gadgets are not allowed inside a polling booth.
Voters can find information on website or app
Voters can also find information on Polling Booths, Contesting candidates, Election Dates & Timings, Identity cards and Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) on the election commission website or on ‘Voter Helpline App’.
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 First Phase
The General Elections 2019 commenced on April 11, 2019 as the first phase of voting began for 91 Parliamentary constituencies, out of the total 543 constituencies, spread over 18 States and 2 Union Territories.
The voting for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 is being held in all parliamentary constituencies of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep, and Uttarakhand.
The Polling is being held for some parliamentary constituencies of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.